Books by Eugenie Fernandes

MY NAME IS BLESSING by Eric Walters
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"With dignity and quiet acceptance, this story illustrates that blessings, like family, can take unexpected forms. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
This expressive picture book, based on a real family, lovingly tells a hard story with a twist. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Readers will take much away from this, including an appreciation for their health-care resources and a desire to make a difference in the world. (map, glossary) (Picture book. 6-10)"
This entry in the CitizenKid series successfully conveys to readers both the importance of health care/disease prevention and the limited availability of these in the third world. Read full book review >
BIRTHDAY SUIT by Olive Senior
Released: May 1, 2012

"So happy, it'll give readers and listeners the urge to visit (with or without their clothes). (Picture book. 3-5)"
Who needs swimming trunks? Read full book review >
KITTEN'S WINTER by Eugenie Fernandes
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A pleasing finale to the seasonal quartet. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Kitten's fourth seasonal sojourn (Kitten's Autumn, 2010, etc.) finds her struggling through a snowstorm to reach the warmth and safety of home, all the while observing how the forest dwellers deal with the weather. Read full book review >
KITTEN'S AUTUMN by Eugenie Fernandes
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"A fine addition to seasons and kitty collections. (Picture book. 1-4)"
It's autumn on the farm, and calico kitten is ready to explore the woodland nearby and observe its various denizens. Read full book review >
KITTEN’S SPRING by Eugenie Fernandes
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Kitten also likes to hide, making this an interactive read sure to please the youngest farm fans. (Picture book. 1-4)"
"Morning hums, / Kitten listens." Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2008

"The author introduces the real Kojo at the end as well as some of the international organizations that make these life-changing bootstrap loans. (Picture book. 8-10)"
Loosely based on an actual success story, this tale of a Ghanaian lad who parlays one hen into a major poultry farm highlights the way microloans are helping to break the cycle of poverty in many third-world communities. Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: March 1, 2007

"Still, such light, inventive, easy-to-understand poetry is worth reading, either alone or aloud. (endnotes) (Picture book/poetry. 7-9)"
In this natural complement to Judy Sierra's Antarctic Antics: A Book of Penguin Poems (1998), illus by Jose Aruego & Ariane Dewey, Spinelli offers rhymed introductions to an arctic menagerie that ranges from orcas ("What's black and white / [but not a penguin]? / What's fast and fierce / [but not a bear]?") to snow fleas, with the occasional wildflower or iceberg tucked in for good measure. Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: April 1, 2005

"Hoce makes no effort to be systematic, though he does identify a few of his examples in a closing list; readers or listeners may still be inspired by his efforts to try some wordplay of their own. (Poetry. 8-10)"
In 30 short verses, an educator puts an assortment of livestock through some unusual paces to demonstrate homophones, personification, alliteration and such other "language skills" as idioms and puns, e.g., "I went under the fence this morning. / No one knows where I am. / I love the freedom that I've found. / I'm a sheep that's on the lam." Read full book review >
THE MOUSE WAS OUT AT RECESS by David L. Harrison
POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Although there is not much that's original or unique in either the text or the illustrations, it's amusing and entertaining. (Poetry. 6-10)"
A dog wags his tail in the paint and voilà, Donny has a work of art; a wad of bubble gum causes a hysterical disaster; and someone lets the mouse out of its cage. Read full book review >
CAPPUCCINA GOES TO TOWN by Mary Ann Smith
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"Tossing her head in a friendly way, she stepped over to the dressmaker's') and in the artwork, all tropical colors and enough enormous grins on each page to make your teeth ache. (Picture book. 5-8)"
It's a cow's life, until Cappuccina gets it in her head that town looks a lot more fun than her pasture, in this candied grass-is-greener tale. Read full book review >
BEFORE YOU WERE BORN by Ann Douglas
HEALTH
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"Not an essential purchase, but adequate as an addition to the collection. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
A well-intentioned description of life before birth. Read full book review >
ELLIOT FRY'S GOOD-BYE by Larry Dane Brimner
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Fernandes's happy-go-lucky illustrations are right in the spirit of the wholesome story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When Elliot decides to leave home rather than clean up his room to make space for his visiting uncle, his parents simply remind him to take his sweater and not to cross the street, thus limiting his trip to circling his own pleasant suburban block. Read full book review >